Saturday, July 26, 2014
The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) announced that Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick, Maine is at the top of the leaderboard in Division One of the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. They found homes for 352 pets during the first 30 days of the three-month competition, an increase of 175 lives saved over the same month last year.
Through August, 50 animal shelters from across the country will work to increase adoptions in order to win a piece of the more than $600,000 in ASPCA prize grants, including a grand prize of $100,000.
In addition to Coastal Humane Society, Pet Helpers of Charleston, South Carolina are contestants in Division One (those with an annual intake of 1,500-2,500 animals) for the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.
The 50 contestants are working to save more animals during the months of June, July and August than they did over the same three-month period in 2013.
Last year's competing shelters saved more than 56,000 cats and dogs during the contest, an increase of 12,050 over the same period in 2012.
The ASPCA and Rachael Ray will award a $100,000 grand prize to the shelter contestant that achieves the greatest increase in lives saved during this three-month period.
The contestant that does the best job of engaging its community members in helping to save more animals will win $25,000.
Those organizations that do the best in their divisions will be eligible for between $10,000 and $25,000 in additional grants.
In total, $600,000 in grant funding will be awarded for increases in animal lives saved, as well as a photo contest and general participation.
For more information about the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge and to learn about how you can help, please visit the competition website at www.aspca.org/100K.